Section VII-A-4

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Section VII-A-4: Invoking jurisdiction by petition - Hearing.

  (a)  The jurisdiction of the Trial Division of the Court may be
invoked by a petition, filed either by the Supreme Court or the
Chief Justice thereof; by the Governor; by the Attorney General;
or by the Executive Secretary of the Oklahoma Bar Association
when directed so to do by a vote of a majority of all members of
its Executive Council; or by Resolution of the House of Delegates
or by Resolution of the House of Representatives of the State of
Oklahoma. The petition shall state the name of the respondent;
the grounds upon which his removal from office or compulsory
retirement from office is sought; and such other matters as may
be specified by the rules of the Trial Division.  It shall be
subject to amendment by order of either division of the Court.
  (b)  Immediately upon the filing of the petition, the Clerk
shall notify the presiding officer of the Trial Division, and the
respondent named therein, in accordance with the rules of the
Trial Division.  The presiding judge of the Trial Division shall
secure from the Executive Council of the Oklahoma Bar Association
a panel of five (5) active members of the Association from which
the presiding judge shall designate the prosecutor, and any
necessary assistant, to conduct the proceeding against the
  (c)  The Trial Division or the presiding judge shall set the
matter for hearing, not less than sixty (60) days after notice of
the filing of the petition shall have been given the respondent.
In all procedural matters not covered by rule of the Trial
Division, the provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure, or of
the common law of Oklahoma, shall be followed, so far as they may
be applicable.
  (d)  Pending the determination of the proceedings, the Trial
Division in its discretion may suspend the respondent from the
exercise of his office.  After full hearing, the Trial Division
shall render such judgment as the facts may justify.  No judgment
shall extend further than:  (1)  to removal of the respondent
from office, with or without disqualification to hold any public
office of honor, trust, or profit under this State, or (2) to
compulsory retirement from office; but such a proceeding,
regardless of result, shall not bar or prejudice any other
proceeding, civil or criminal, authorized by law.  A judicial
officer who is a member of the retirement compensation system
prescribed by this Article and is compulsory retired shall
receive the retirement compensation to which his term of service
entitled him.  If he is not qualified for full retirement
compensation, he may receive such compensation as the Court may
decree, in proportion to time served and in accordance with
principles of justice and equity, alike as to amount,
commencement of payment, terms of payment, or other relevant
conditions or limitations.  

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